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Chaos and confusion

01 September 2019

We have never been in the game of having preferences in contractual negotiations for franchises, even having different standards of industrial relations within certain groups. Our issue is, and always has been, with the model. Never has this been clearer than now, when we might have expected a period of calm after Mr Grayling going and Mr Shapps...

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Williams off track

01 August 2019

August 2019   Keith Williams has been drip feeding the contents of his rail review before the report is actually released but there has been less than enthusiastic support from stakeholders, the travelling public, and politicians across the divide.   The first thing he says we must focus on is punctuality....

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ASLEF's on track for a diverse and modern railway

26 June 2019

July 2019   We have only just returned from the most diverse AAD we've had in our 139 year history but there is still a long way to go before the employers have systems in place that encourage proper career mapping and are truly reflective of the communities in which we live and work.   In...

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Campaigning for a better future

01 June 2019

We have once more just debated all those industrial, social, political and international issues at the front of our branches' and members' minds and, once more, conference dealt with emotional and passionate issues in a comradely way.   I wish more branches would submit more items on the issues that affect...

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A real voice

01 May 2019

We have been preparing for our annual assembly of delegates in Leeds, our annual conference, where nearly half our branches will be represented. It's a time for reflection, debate, critique, and creativity. We look back over our achievements and at the things we could do better; what we might change,...

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